January 23, 2019

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) is a new dedicated source of funding for expanding public transportation service in Oregon. (Read our earlier coverage of STIF & activity in the Salem-area). Eighteen of the forty-two eligible transit providers in Oregon have submitted applications for the first STIF review cycle, which started in November 2018.

January 22, 2019
The Getting There Together Coalition recently submitted a letter to the incoming Metro Council of the greater Portland region, urging that they prioritize equitable transportation in the region when they look at transportation financing measures.
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January 18, 2019

As cities across the country take steps to address equity, traffic congestion, and reduce climate emissions, many are looking to bike and scooter share programs for possible solutions. New mobility programs seem to make headlines each week, with announcements of new transportation technologies hitting our streets. Last year, Portland held a fourth-month pilot program to test out e-scooter share programs in the City. And in recent weeks, the City of Salem has been gearing up for a new bike share and contemplating its own e-scooter deployment.

January 11, 2019
What is clearer than ever is that reducing climate emissions by moving away from a carbon-based economy is essential and urgent. Transportation is one area that has a lot of potential.
November 29, 2018
Do you consider yourself a true triple-bottom line thinker- environment, equity, and economics? Do you want to create lasting systemic change? Do you want to work with some of the brightest minds to better serve Multnomah County's residents? If so, apply to join the County's Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation (ACSI).
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October 24, 2018
Are you ready for increased funding dedicated to Safe Routes to School in Oregon? It is coming in 2019! Below are two great upcoming opportunities for making your community safer for students and others who walk and roll (or want to). Stay tuned for more information coming soon about how to get your school, district, city, or county ready to apply for these SRTS program funds.
October 23, 2018
The STIFAC held lengthy discussions on the importance of a free Youth Pass for the region and received impactful testimony from youth who rely on, but often can’t afford to ride the bus. Working within strict time constraints, a free youth pass would have required a major shift in Cherriots’ proposed projects (including weekend and evening services requested by the community), and was unattainable in the current application cycle. At the last meeting, the STIFAC agreed with Cherriots staff to revisit a free Youth Pass in the next STIF application period, and approved the following proposed youth rates as a “starting point” for the initial biennium:
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October 11, 2018
Adopted last month, the new OPTP captures several changes requested by the National Partnership, including strengthened discussion on housing affordability, transit access to parks and nature, and inclusion of disadvantaged communities in leadership roles.
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September 20, 2018

This fall, WSDOT will remove traffic lights on SR 500 at Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast 54th Avenue/Northeast Stapleton Road in Vancouver, and install a barrier in the middle of the highway, to address safety and crash concerns for vehicles. We applaud that these changes are predicted to reduce the number of collisions at or near the intersections by up to 70 percent.

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August 16, 2018

The Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles (AV) held their third meeting yesterday to firm up their recommendations for a framework for autonomous vehicle policy in Oregon, which is not currently addressed in state law. ODOT staff will summarize these recommendations into a final report, which will be reviewed by the Task Force and submitted to the Legislature, who will ultimately make any policy decisions going forward. The final report is expected to become available next week, at which time both the AV Task Force and public are encouraged to submit formal comments.

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